Updated: May 18

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Best Bash Plates for Nissan Navara – What To Buy?

Off-roading is a wonderful way to spend your weekend, but it can have its consequences. Breaking your drivetrain by smashing it on rocks, logs, and ruts for one. However, there is a way to prevent this from happening—bash plates.

Looking for the best bash plates for your Nissan Navara?

In this article, we will compare four of the best bash plates for a Nissan Navara. Then, we will give our rating and our thoughts as to why they are a good choice.

 

Rival Bash Plate Kit

Roadsafe Bash Plate

Roadsafe Bash Plate

Custom Offroad Underbody Protection


Our pick
Rival Bash Plate Kit for Nissan Navara D40 (All) / D23 NP300 (03/15 - Onwards)
Roadsafe Bash Plate for Nissan Navara D22 2002-2014 [3.0L 2.8L 2.5L]
Roadsafe Bash Plate for Nissan Navara D40 4 CYL 2005-2011
Custom Offroad Nissan Navara NP300 D23 Pro-4x – Underbody Protection

Nissan Navara D40 (All) / D23 NP300

Nissan Navara D22 2002-2014 [3.0L 2.8L 2.5L]

Nissan Navara D40 4 CYL 2005-2011

Nissan Navara NP300 D23 Pro-4x

Aluminum alloy

Steel

Steel

Stainless steel

-

Zinc coating

Zinc coating

Powder-coated

6mm

3mm

3mm

3mm, 4mm

30 kg

30 kg

45 kg

35 kg

No drilling

No drilling

No drilling

Needs modifications on some bull bars

Best Bash Plates for Nissan Navara Australia

Rival Bash Plate Kit for Nissan Navara D40 (All) / D23 NP300

Rival Bash Plate Kit for Nissan Navara D40 (All) / D23 NP300 (03/15 - Onwards)

Our Pick

Pros
  • Made of 6mm aluminum alloy - able to handle most impacts
  • Stamped with stiffening ribs - increases the tensile strength of the plates
  • Lightweight - protects without weighing down the vehicle
  • Fits most popular Navara models - All D40 and the NP300
  • Doesn’t rust or corrode
  • Easy to install - no need to drill new holes
  • Does not hold mud or water after off-roading
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Not suitable for rock crawling or any extreme trails

You can’t talk about bash plates without mentioning the Drivetech 4x4 manufactured by Rival.

The Rival bash plates offer a lightweight yet strong underbody armour for a D40 and NP300 which are the most common Navara models you see on the streets of Australia.

All plates are made with a 6mm thick aluminium alloy, known for its corrosion-resistant and rust-proof properties, requiring less maintenance compared to its mild steel counterparts.

Furthermore, the Rival bash plates are stamped with stiffening ribs designed to increase the overall tensile strength without adding more weight or thickness.

One of the things we like most about this bash plate kit is that it doesn’t hold mud or water after an off-road session, thanks to the position of the vents and its smooth coating. And, if any, it could easily be washed off using a pressure washer.

The Rival bash plates are perfect for those who are using their Navara for street driving as well as mid-level off-roading.

Roadsafe Bash Plate for Nissan Navara D22 2002-2014

Roadsafe Bash Plate for Nissan Navara D22 2002-2014

Best Value

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Sold per piece
  • 3mm steel - suitable for extreme off-roading
  • Has zinc coating - protects from corrosion
  • Has pressed ribs and folded reinforcements - Increases tensile strength
Cons
  • Has many large vents that could hold mud
  • Not rust-proof - requires more maintenance compared to the aluminium counterpart
  • Less coverage - only two plates

Have an old Nissan Navara D22 (2002 to 2014) you want to turn into an off-road vehicle? Then the Roadsafe 4WD bash plate kit is one you should consider.

Steel plates are popular amongst extreme off-roaders for their strength and versatility.

They have a higher tensile strength, can easily be hammered back into shape, and slide on rocks better than their aluminium counterparts making them suitable for extreme off-road activities such as rock crawling.

The Roadsafe bash plates are 3mm thick (which is a standard amongst steel plates) and are reinforced with stiffening ribs and folded edges to further increase their strength without being too stiff.

Furthermore, it's zinc-coated, making it resistant to corrosion.

However, they do require maintenance because they could corrode and rust faster once the zinc coating comes off.

Mud can also get stuck inside because of the large vents located at the front which can contribute to faster corrosion if not taken care of.

Nevertheless, we recommend the Roadsafe bash plates for those looking for affordable, solid, and easy to install bash plates for the Nissan Navara D22.

Roadsafe Bash Plate for Nissan Navara D40 2005-2011

Roadsafe Bash Plate for Nissan Navara D40 4 CYL 2005-2011

Best For Older Navara D40s